Monthly Archives: January 2014

The new addition: before

My 2 bedroom 1 bathroom house is turning into a 3 bedroom / 2 bathroom house!  I rent 1 of 3 units in an old  historical house in Highland Park.  The second story is one unit, and downstairs is split into 2 units.  I had never seen in the next door unit but constantly day dreamed about connecting it to mine – and then my dreams came true. My neighbors moved out and  my landlord called and said she wanted to renovate the unit and join it to mine  – and the best part was, she said I could help design it.  The new addition consists of a bathroom, a bedroom, two closets and a kitchenette.  It was in definite need of some fixing up.   A strange  man and a women  lived there  for 10 years and I don’t think they opened a window the entire time.  The air was so thick with perfume, musk and mold – I had to hold my breathe the first few times I went in.  They were both un employed, drank bud light in the front yard at 8 am, and had a habit of collecting  furniture that people left out on the street. When I was moving into the house back in August, I left a small dresser on the sidewalk for about 5 minutes while I ran inside – by the time I came back out they had dragged it onto their porch and placed a potted dead plant on it. Also, the woman slept on the floor in the hallway….


This is my new bedroom. You can’t really tell how disgusting it was in there by the photos, perhaps the smell attributed to a lot of how dirty it felt. It’s safe to say it hadn’t been cleaned in years though.


This is opposite the bay window, that doorway leads out into the new hallway which will connect to my current place.


Here is the bathroom, and yes that is mold growing on the wall. I’m so excited at the prospect of getting to help design this new space. There was talk of a claw foot bathtub – but I’m trying not to get my hopes up.  Demolition starts soon, so stay tuned! 



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Get the Look: Ready for Spring!

Ready for Spring! Via Neustadt

1. Sun Body Teardrop  2. han kjøbenhavn timeless  3. Striped Crop Tee  4. Vintage Levis  5. Multnomah Clogs

I know it’s just barely January and the east coast is snuggled up in the snow but I’m ready for spring! I had my winter fix in Alturas, a small  town with a big sky and 20 degree weather –  I’m ready for longer days and warm nights.

 I bought the Sun Body hat this fall and love its timeless look. When I’m not wearing it, it  hangs on the wall in my entry way. My Han Kjobenhavn glasses, or Hank, as Michael and I have somehow come to refer to them are my favorite sunglasses right now.  I love their classic design and how versatile they are. Now – I had sworn off destroyed jeans 7 years ago but here I am gravitating towards the same look again, except this time they’re Levis not Abercrombie & Fitch.  Oh and those clogs….they’re everything you could ever hope for in a clog and so much more. 

As much as I enjoy high fashion,  comfort and functionality are really important for me . This is an outfit I can work in at the pottery studio, take off my apron and be ready to go run errands etc.

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January 9, 2014 · 9:41 PM